“Mesquite Fruit Bowl”

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Project by FiremanJim posted 09-05-2021 09:04 PM 546 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I haven’t spent much time out in the garage over the past year or so, creating sawdust. However, I have been working on a project for a good friend of mine. She asked if I could make something for a silent auction to benefit the McAllen South Texas Book Festival.

I just put the finishing touches on it tonight and I love the way it turned out.

Mesquite bowl, 10” across, 3.5” deep, wall thickness is 3/8”, which means the bowl is solid, and heavy. The wood was turned on my Nova lathe, sanded to 1200 grit sand paper, and I used 3 coats of Tung oil finish, followed by the Beale polishing system to really bring out the shine.

I purposely left a large swath of yellow sapwood along the side of the bowl. The sap wood is the trees growth ring, and is in stark contrast with the reddish hues of the darker heart wood.

There was a large void inside this piece, but the vast majority was removed during the turning. Only one small natural crack remains on the rim. Mesquite is such a beautiful wood, very hard, and polishes up nicely.

-- "Creating sawdust since 1979"

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#1 posted 09-06-2021 12:16 AM

Nice work Jim. Mesquite is a beautiful wood. It will be popular at the auction.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 09-06-2021 05:28 AM

Beautiful bowl Jim. I love turning Mesquite. I think the sap wood looks so wonderful against the darker wood.

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#3 posted 09-06-2021 12:39 PM

Great job for a good cause. Really good looking and the proportions are fine.

-- Ron

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#4 posted 09-07-2021 01:30 AM

Looks really sharp! I like the sap wood touch… makes it unique.

-- Hey I'm Dyslexic! I don't have all day to check and re-check forum post.

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#5 posted 09-07-2021 02:30 PM

Wow… very nice

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